The Italian campaign began with a French victory at the Battle of Montenotte. The army of the kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia retreated through the mountains to protect the access to Piedmont, until the battle of Millesimo, a town in the province of Savona in Liguria, on 13 April 1796, won by the French army over the Sardinians of General Provera. Bonaparte then launched his army in a relentless race westwards against the Austro-Sardinian forces of Colli.
Appointed commander-in-chief of the Army of Italy by the Directory, Napoleon Bonaparte took command in 1796. The strategy of the young general, faced with the complicated situation of the French army, threatened at sea and blocked on land, was to separate the Piedmontese and Austrian armies. The medieval town of Altare thus signs the
The First Italian Campaign began, during which Bonaparte defeated the Allied forces at Montenotte, Dego, Cosseria and Millesimo, using the only way to enter Italy without crossing the mountains. Once the victory was won, Napoleon said: "Hannibal crossed the Alps, we went around them".
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